The latest news from Newnham’s Fellows, alumnae, students and staff.

Professor Janet Todd with author Sarah Dunant

Professor launches debut novel after spending career writing about female novelists

Professor Janet Todd told an audience of Fellows, staff and students why she finally wrote a novel of her own after spending her academic career writing about female novelists. The Honorary Fellow’s debut novel,…

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Pam Alexander and Julia Neuberger

‘We need to learn to look death in the face’ – Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger

Something that happens to us all that everyone wants to avoid was the topic of the inaugural London Speaker Series event – death. An evening with Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE (NC 1969) was…

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‘Fierce and brilliant’ novelist Jenny Diski, who inspired Newnhamites, dies

Distinguished novelist Jenny Diski, who was described as ‘fierce and brilliant’ by her former students at Newnham, has died age 68. Ms Diski instilled intellectual and creative confidence in Newnham students via her creative…

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Hundreds visit inaugural feminist art exhibition

Hundreds of people flocked to Newnham Curatorial Collective’s inaugural feminist art show, ‘A Revolutionary at Heart: Experiments in the Female Gaze,’ which was held in the Old Labs. The opening night reception featured a…

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Professor Mary Beard

Professor Mary Beard to present new BBC documentary series

The success and subsequent downfall of the Roman Empire will be discussed by Professor Mary Beard in a new four-part BBC documentary series. Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit will begin on Wednesday,…

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Dr Manu Chhabra

Principal and alumnae take to stage to talk about Cambridge at international events

Newnham’s Principal told guests that the University of Cambridge teaches students ‘how to think, not what to think’ at two international alumni events. Dame Carol Black was one of the speakers at two special…

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Professor Rae Langton in Newnham's gardens

Newnham philosopher to deliver two prestigious series of lectures

Newnham Philosopher, Professor Rae Langton, will explore how philosophy can help combat prejudice when she delivers two prestigious series of lectures. The first series is the George F. Hourani Lecture Series 2016 at the University…

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Alanna Just

Newnham to welcome exceptional Gates Scholar

An academically outstanding postgraduate student who is likely to become a transformative leader will be welcomed to Newnham College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Alanna Just, 24, from Vancouver, Canada, will take up the…

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Jenifer Glynn with conference students

Cambridge’s first McWhirter conference takes place at Newnham College

Sixth-form students from around the country experienced life at a Cambridge college at the inaugural Rosalind Franklin Conference. The McWhirter Foundation presented the two-day event at Newnham College, which was named after the Newnham…

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Professor Mary Beard

Mary Beard to receive Bodley Medal – Bodleian Libraries’ highest honour

Professor Mary Beard will be presented with the Bodley Medal – the Bodleian Libraries’ highest honour – during the Oxford Literary Festival. The Bodleian Libraries will present this year’s Bodley Medal to the Newnham…

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